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COMSTOCK, Mich. – Bell’s Brewery signature summer beer, Oberon Ale, will get a new, temporary look to close out the summer.

Inspired by the 2019 Oberon mini-keg design, limited edition Oberon packaging has started shipping from the brewery. This refreshed look will be reflected across all Oberon packaging: 16 oz. cans (4-packs), 12 oz. cans (6-packs and 12-packs) and 12 oz. bottles (6-packs and 12-packs).

“This is a fun way to celebrate the different parts of the summer season… rest assured, it’s the same beer you’ve grown to know and love,” said Larry Bell, founder and president of Bell’s Brewery.

Oberon is available seasonally beginning in late March through August (Arizona and Florida are year-round distribution states).

 

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One of Bell’s most popular beers, Oberon (5.8% ABV) is an American Wheat Ale fermented with Bell’s signature house ale yeast, mixing a spicy hop character with mildly fruity aromas. The addition of wheat malt lends a smooth mouthfeel. A classic summer beer, Oberon is only brewed with water, malt, hops and yeast.

This same beautiful imagery has also inspired some brand-new Bell’s merchandise that can be purchased online and in person from the Bell’s General Store.

For more information about where to enjoy those last few months of summer, check out Oberon cooking recipes, learn more about the history of the beer and more, visit bellsbeer.com.

ABOUT BELL’S BREWERY

Bell’s Brewery, Inc. began in 1985 with a quest for better beer and a 15 gallon soup kettle. Since then, we’ve grown into a regional craft brewery that employs more than 550 people over a 41 state area, in addition to Puerto Rico and Washington DC. The dedication to brewing flavorful, unfiltered, quality craft beers that started in 1985 is still with us today. We currently brew over 20 beers for distribution as well as many other small batch beers that are served at our pub in Kalamazoo, the Eccentric Cafe. Our ongoing goal is to brew thoughtfully, creatively and artistically. 100% family-owned and independent, we strive to bring an authentic and pleasant experience to all of our customers through our unique ales and lagers.

michigan brewers guildKALAMAZOO, Mich – The Michigan Brewers Guild recently elected its 2018 Board of Directors at its annual meeting, January 13, at the Kalamazoo Radisson Plaza Hotel. Each board position is a two-year term, elected in alternating years (4, 3).

The conference was a record-breaker in many ways for the organization, with more than 525 attendees and 112 vendors in the Allied Member Trade Show. The Guild also reported a record 245 member breweries during the Annual Meeting—an increase of 22 members since the previous January.

This year, four people were elected to the Guild board:

  • Ryan Cottongim, Owner of Witch’s Hat Brewing Company in South Lyon, was re-elected to serve his second term on the board, and will serve as the Guild’s Secretary.
  • Scott Newman-Bale, Vice President of Short’s Brewing Company in Bellaire, was re-elected to his fifth term and will once again serve as the Guild’s Treasurer.
  • David Ringler, Owner of Cedar Springs Brewing Company in Cedar Springs, was elected to his first term on the board.
  • Chas Thompson, Beer Engineer at Schmohz Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, was appointed in 2017 to fill a vacancy on the board and he was elected to his first term on the board.

Additional board members include:

  • Eric Briggeman, Director of Brewing Operations at Rochester Mills Production Brewery, continues his seventh term on the board and will serve his eleventh year as Guild President.
  • Isaac Hartman, “Ambassador of Great Beer” from New Holland Brewing Company, continues his fifth term on the board of directors.
  • Garry Boyd, Managing Partner at BarFly Ventures (HopCat & Grand Rapids Brewing) continues his second term on the board and chairs the organization’s sustainability and quality committees.

The Michigan Brewers Guild is the network of innovative and passionate brewers that serves as the recognized advocate for the Michigan craft beer industry. The mission of the Guild is to promote and protect the Michigan craft beer industry with an overarching goal to help craft beer acquire 20% of the market by 2025.

Michigan’s thriving brewing industry conservatively contributes more than $144 million in wages with a total economic contribution of more than $600 million. In terms of overall number of breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs, Michigan ranks #6 in the nation – thus supporting its claim as “The Great Beer State.”

 

future brewers

COMSTOCK, Mich. – Bell’s Brewery, in partnership with Kalamazoo Valley Community College and Western Michigan University’s Sustainable Brewing program, is proud to announce an incredible opportunity that will help develop and nurture future brewers right here in Michigan.

The Bell’s Brewery Development Award will give participants experience in four key departments over the course of one year. Students will rotate through and gain valuable insight into Bell’s Quality, Brewing, Packaging and Brewing Innovation at its main brewery in Comstock.

“Talent continues to be in high demand within the brewing industry and by partnering with these two educational institutions, we are able to inspire candidates who not only have a shared passion for Brewing Science, but also roots here in Michigan,” said Carrie M. Yunker, Bell’s Director of Human Resources.

Yunker, along with John Mallett, Bell’s Director of Production, and Stephanie Blodgett, Bell’s Talent Acquisition Coordinator, developed this new program with Mike Babb, KVCC Sustainable Brewing Instructor, and Steve Bertman, WMU Department of Chemistry Professor.

“Southwest Michigan is a hub for craft brewing in no small part because of Bell’s and this new position is an unbelievable opportunity for our students. Bell’s has put together a thoughtful and generous position for someone to get hands-on experience in all aspects of production at a thriving and world-renowned craft brewery. That they are reserving this position for someone from our program is a recognition of the care and rigor that we have incorporated from the very beginning,” said Bertman.

The WMU and KVCC brewing program was developed in 2015 by the two schools working in close coordination with the industry. The resulting “two-plus-two” program in sustainable craft brewing offers students the opportunity to earn a certificate or associate degree at KVCC, then move on to a Bachelor of Science degree at WMU.

The rigorous science curriculum was developed with input from an external advisory board comprised of a dozen of Michigan’s top craft brewers, many of them in West Michigan, which has one of the country’s highest per-capita densities of craft brewers.

“This is the kind of collaboration that we envisioned when we created the program together with KVCC,” said Bertman.

“Partnering the strengths of the two largest institutions of higher education in Kalamazoo with the incredibly experienced and diverse breweries in the area provides a great structure for students who are interested in enhancing the efficiency and sustainability of the industry.”

“We are more than delighted that Bell’s is providing this opportunity for our graduates,” Babb added.

“As a leader in the craft brewing industry, we sincerely appreciate Bell’s support of our award winning program and students.”

Nationally, craft beer accounts for more than 12 percent of beer sales, and the industry is becoming a significant generator of jobs and revenues. Craft brewing contributed $2.09 billion to Michigan’s economy in 2016 according to the Brewers’ Association, making it 9th on the list of states in which the industry has the greatest economic impact.

WMU and KVCC will start accepting submissions in January. The final day to apply will be March 1 and the internship will begin on April 30.

Those selected must have a completed a KVCC Sustainable Brewing Certificate from the recognized program. This opportunity is available exclusively to KVCC and WMU students.

 

Photo courtesy Western Michigan University

hop harvest beer tour

MARSHALL, MI –​ Michigan ranks fourth in the United States in terms of total acreage
dedicated to hops, one of four main ingredients in craft beer.

Many of those acres will be in full harvest mode at the end of August and early
September.  In collaboration the Moga family, owners of High Five Hop Farm in Marshall,
along with Dark Horse Brewing Co. and Territorial Brewing Co., West Michigan Beer Tours will
hold the Hop Harvest Beer Tour on Saturday, Aug. 26.

The highlight of the afternoon will be a visit to the small family farm where Marty Moga
and his family grow a variety of hops for a few Michigan breweries.  Participants will tour
the fields and learn more about the growing and harvesting process, while also samples
Michigan beer using High Five Hop Farm hops.

The tour will begin with registration from noon to 1 p.m. at Old Burdick’s Bar & Grill
inside the Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Kalamazoo.  The bus will depart for Dark
Horse Brewing Co. for a pint and to hear how the brewery works with High Five Hops
Farm on some of its beer.

Following the stint at High Five Hop, the event will stop by Territorial Brewing Co. for a
series of samples and learn how hops are utilized in the brewery’s German-inspired
beers, before returning to downtown Kalamazoo.

Discounted hotel rooms at the Radisson Plaza Hotel are also available through this
custom link: http://www.radisson.com/westmichiganbeertours.

For more information, go to www.westmichiganbeertours.com.

KALAMAZOO, MI — As Kalamazoo’s reputation for world-class beer continues to grow, so too will the number of opportunities to visit those breweries as part of a walking tour with West Michigan Beer Tours.

As a vehicle to spotlight the growth of Kalamazoo’s brewing industry, the Walking Tours — sponsored by Discover Kalamazoo — provide a glimpse into what makes the city unique through the lens of craft beer. Guests will learn about the history of Michigan beer and Kalamazoo’s influential role in the industry’s resurgence. For the first time since launching the events in 2013, the walking tours are available year-round — sunshine, rain or snow.

walking tours

Public walking tours are held every Saturday through October and three Saturdays in November and December. Private walking tours are available on request.

Registration for each tour begins at noon at one of four downtown Kalamazoo bar and restaurants: Kalamazoo Beer Exchange, Old Burdick’s Bar & Grill, HopCat Kalamazoo or Shakespeare’s Pub. The breweries visited on each date will vary. Please check the individual tour for the registration locations and breweries.

The tour departs at 1 p.m. and visits three breweries with the tour concluding at around 4 p.m.

Tickets start at $29 per person. The ticket price includes samples or a pint at the three brewery stops and a goody bag that includes a commemorative stainless steel pint. There will be other prizes and giveaways during tours as well.

Guests will also have the opportunity for occasional production tours and the chance to meet those who make some of the city’s fine craft beer.

For more information or to purchase tickets, go online.

bells brewery

COMSTOCK, Mich. – Bell’s Brewery will invest more than $7 million in capital improvement projects related to quality, sustainability and beer production in 2017 and 2018.

The majority of these projects will involve Bell’s locations in Comstock, but will also include its Kalamazoo brewing operations.

“We are deeply committed to our community in Comstock and will continue to invest additional resources so that we remain top in class further ensuring our commitment to quality,” Larry Bell, Bell’s President and Founder said.

“We also want to offer our partners and customers additional options. These new projects will help us accomplish both,” he added.

This significant investment will include the addition of a pilot brewery and a new specialty packaging line, among other beer production related projects, at Bell’s Comstock Brewery. A smaller pilot brewery will also be added to Bell’s original brewing location in downtown Kalamazoo, adjacent to its pub and restaurant, the Eccentric Café.

Other new investment projects include additional space at the brewery’s home office as well as a project to divert waste related to brewing.

Instead of sending low pH yeast to Kalamazoo’s waste water treatment facility, it will be reclaimed and sold to local farmers to feed their animals, further enhancing Bell’s commitment to sustainability.

Additional details will be shared at bellsbeer.com as they are finalized. For updates on these and other initiatives, follow Bell’s Brewery on social media.

ABOUT BELL’S BREWERY

Bell’s Brewery, Inc. began in 1985 with a quest for better beer and a 15 gallon soup kettle. Since then, we’ve grown into a regional craft brewery that employs more than 500 people over a 31 state area, in addition to Puerto Rico and Washington DC. The dedication to brewing flavorful, unfiltered, quality craft beers that started in 1985 is still with us today. We currently brew over 20 beers for distribution as well as many other small batch beers that are served at our pub in Kalamazoo, the Eccentric Cafe. Our ongoing goal is to brew thoughtfully, creatively and artistically. 100% family-owned and independent, we strive to bring an authentic and pleasant experience to all of our customers through our unique ales and lagers. For more information, please visit bellsbeer.com.

irish fest

KALAMAZOO — Kalamazoo Irish Fest is kicking off the month of March by partnering with West Michigan Beer Tours for an Irish beer-themed brewery tour on Saturday, March 4.

Featured breweries will be Final Gravity Brewing Company, Paw Paw Brewing Company, and Tibbs Brewing Company, with each offering Irish beers. Old Dog Tavern, the site of the 17th Annual Irish Fest on June 23-24, will serve as the landing spot.


Tour participants receive bus transportation between stops, samples or a pint at each of the three breweries, a logo pint glass from Paw Paw Brewing Company, one ticket in our gift basket raffle, half off one day’s entry to this year’s Irish Fest, and complimentary water and snacks during the tour.

Whiskey Before Breakfast will be providing entertainment at Old Dog at the conclusion of the tour, when the raffle drawing will be held.

Tickets are $79 each. Find detailed schedule and purchase information here.

 

 

 

KALAMAZOO, MI — If you are looking to get a little more mileage out of that dusty, thrift store holiday sweater you bought four years ago, you’re in luck.

West-Michigan-Beer-Tours-LogoWest Michigan Beer Tours will offer a pair of festive walking tours of downtown Kalamazoo breweries on Dec. 10 and Dec. 17, where guests are invited to wear their ugly holiday sweater or favorite holiday costume and earn prizes, as selected by brewery staff.

Both tours will be hold registration from noon to 1 p.m. Central City Tap House and Shakespeare’s Pub, respectively. The Dec. 10 tour will visit Gonzo’s BiggDogg Brewing Co., Rupert’s Brew House and Tibbs Brewing Co., which is also the third anniversary party for Tibbs.

The Dec. 17 tour will hold registration from noon to 1 p.m. at Shakespeare’s Pub and visit Arcadia Brewing Co., Boatyard Brewing Co. and Bell’s Eccentric Cafe. Bell’s will award the winning outfit with a private brewery tour for up to six people at a date of their choosing.

Advance ticket purchases are strongly encouraged.

Tickets are $39 and include either a pint or samples at each brewery stop.

Also in the spirit of the holidays, West Michigan Beer Tours has also introduced its Kalamazoo Craft Beer Gift Baskets. The two basket options contain at least one item from each brewery in either downtown Kalamazoo (eight breweries) or Kalamazoo County (12 breweries).

holiday walking tour

The baskets contain glassware, stickers, keychain openers, beer soap, beer koozies and more. They are available online.

For those looking to skip shipping and handling charges, in-store pickup will also be available at the Spirit of Kalamazoo’s new location at 154 S. Kalamazoo Mall.

For more information on the baskets, please contact 269-350-4598 or john@westmibeertours.com.

 

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